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Consumer Safety Act Grants Labeling Exceptions

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Consumer Safety Act Grants Labeling Exceptions

The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 was recently updated by Congress during an extremely strenuous time for the U.S. government.

According to Vending Times, the new provisions in the bill call for increased safety measures in regards to the lead levels found in everyday product parts. Lead, which is highly toxic, can present dangers to children who may accidentally ingest products containing the chemical. Lead can be found in pipes, paint, batteries and cosmetics.

Furthermore, the revisions will allow the Consumer Product Safety Commission to grant exceptions to the bill's stringent product labeling requirements in situations where they just aren't "practicable," the source notes. One example it offered was bulk products.

"I think we have struck the right balance," Representative Henry Waxman of California told Vending Times. "We fix valid problems and keep in place valuable health and safety protections for children. That has been my primary goal throughout this process."

Following the "year of the recall" in 2008, the CPSIA's budget was boosted, with everything from food labels to the packaging of toys being investigated more extensively.